Software Defined Radio with Arduino Nano

Arduino is a favorite toy for electronics enthusiasts. There are thousands of designs around these modules. Here’s the next one – the simplest and cheapest SDR receiver in the world! A “real” SDR radio is one where the RF signal received by the antenna is directly sampled by an analog-to-digital converter. Further processing of the […]


In the post “ADALM-PLUTO development kit for (not only) Es’hail-2 satellite”, the topic of the 40 MHz clock generator for Adalm-Pluto and 25 MHz for the LNB satellite converter was considered. The problem of the 40 MHz clock generator is somewhat solved by replacing the original micro-module of the generator with a more stable one, […]

HF amplifier with MFR101

In 2018, NXP introduced new MRF101 and MRF300 power transistors to the market. They are designed for medium and high power levels in the radio frequency range, where the offer is not so rich. Why are they extremely interesting to the amateur radio community? – First of all – they are cheap thanks to the […]

RF level meters with AD8318

It is not necessary to justify how important a radio signal meter is for a radioamateur, especially when entering the frequency ranges above 1 GHz. There are inexpensive meters available on the market (EXAMPLE), but you can do better by yourself 😉 using an inexpensive module with the Analog Device AD8318 IC. The schematic is […]

ADALM-PLUTO development kit for (not only) Es’hail-2 satellite

Adalm-Pluto (Analog Device) SDR radio starter kit was received for experiments by courtesy of Michał Trzaskowski from Richardson RFPD. This device gives completely new possibilities when it comes to cooperation with the first geostationary amateur satellite Es’hail-2. To name a few: thanks to the large bandwidth of the receiver (up to 6 MHz) it is […]

Es’hail-2 (or QO-100) for beginners

I bought a 80 cm satellite dish (16 Euro), a converter (4 Euro), installed it on the roof and set it up on the satellite (Dish Pointer was very helpful for azimuth and elevation finding). In our conditions, a 80 cm satellite parabola is a reasonable minimum when it comes to the receiving antenna. I […]

GNI-r6 controller for RAS, SPX AZ/EL and BIG-RAS azimuth/elvation rotators

A new rotator controller model is available for rotating VHF antennas in azimuth and elevation. Below is a quick guide for the GNI-r6 antenna rotator controller. Introduction. The GNI-r6 controller supports one dual rotor with DC motors for azimuth and elevation rotation that has pulse outputs (pulser or reed switch). Antenna rotation is possible with […]

GNI-r5 controller for RAU, RAK, BIG-RAK and RAEL rotators

Rotary antenna rotator controller. A new model of the GNI-r5 antenna rotator controller is available. Compared to previous versions, it has new features and a new steel casing. The following is the shorted operating manual for the GNI-r5 antenna rotor controller.           Introduction. The GNI-r5 controller supports one rotor with pulse […]